Tal Melamed


Enabling Serverless and cloud native technologies, while keeping them secure and maintaining the highest standards. I am a customer-oriented, result-driven security professional, with a goal of removing customer obstacles to allow innovation. I strongly believe the key to security excellence is proper education and I have been passionately committed to sharing, teaching and lecturing in the field of information security for over a decade.

Shoot me an email at: hello@appsec.it

Current Roles

Sr. Director, Head of Cloud-Native Research

2020 - Present
Contrast Security

Contrast Security recently acquired CloudEssence, a cloud-native security technology company, and established a Cloud Native Innovation Center in Israel and Italy, where I am heading the security research team.

Adjunct Professor

2019 - Present
Quinnipiac University

Teaching application security courses as part of Quinnipiac University's Masters program in Cybersecurity.

Project Leader

2012 - Present
OWASP Foundation

Leading multiple open-source project for the application security community. Including: Serverless Top 10 and DVSA


Master of Cybersecurity

2020 - 2021
Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, USA

Bachelor of Science, Software Engineering

2007 - 2011
Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, Israel

Community / Vulenteering

AWS Community Builder, Focusing primarily on Serverless and Security.
LessCon, The first free, virtual conference focusing Serverless Security.

Notable Roles

Co-Founder & CTO


Founding CloudEssence, a Cloud-Native security testing solution. CloudEssence was acquired by Contrast Security in December 2020.

Director of Security Research

2018 - 2020
Protego Labs

Head of Security Research at Protego Labs, the market leader in Serverless protection. Protego Labs was acquired by CheckPoint in December 2019.

Director, Application Security

2013 - 2017
AppSec Labs

  • Technical direction of AppSec Labs security consultants. Leading projects for the security of IoT, mobile, web and desktop applications.
  • Responsible for research and the creation of new content for the Security Academy. Training thousands of developers and security professionals all around the world.

Other Past Experience

2004 - 2018


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  • English
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